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On My 50th Birthday, a Letter to Myself at 17

David Munk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Munk

I see you at 17 -- feathered hair, parachute pants, asymmetrical smile. You have just graduated from high school. Despite your outward ebullience, I see that, beneath the jocular façade, you are so very sad. Of this you are (mostly) unaware.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

My Lesbian Mom Died Terrified of Going to Hell

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Vanessa Mártir

I was orphaned when my mother Millie died nine years ago. My biological mother went back to being a Jehovah's Witness and now says she regrets being with Millie for 20-some-odd years. "Les di un mal ejemplo," she says. That's B.S. See, Millie is the one who loved me -- tender, unconditional, I-believe-in-you love.

Steve Jobs, iPhones and Gay Propaganda in Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliot Borenstein

I send this warning to Russia's hard-liners: don't mess with Apple. You can't win this fight -- just ask Dr. Dre. Don't let Russia become the next Beats Electronic. When it comes to swallowing up its competitors, the Russian Federation has nothing on Apple.

Magazine Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.07.2014 | Media

The Advocate has named Russian president Vladimir Putin its "Person of the Year." "Driving the governmental, religious, and popular disdain for gay...

The Danger of Presuming Post-Sexuality

Jack Bryant | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jack Bryant

My students saw homophobic language as obviously offensive. It wasn't something anyone, including the writer of the material, needed to point out to them. To do so was, in their mind, a waste of creative energy, perhaps even old-fashioned, like a heavy-handed morality tale. On the one hand I found this refreshing, but on the other, this discovery was also worrisome.

The Kids Are All Right: LGBT Families With Kids

Shane Jordan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shane Jordan

Despite studies proving otherwise, some people still insist that children are being ruined by this type of family dynamic. They deem homosexual couples as "unfit"parents, but don't seem to have concrete or legitimate evidence to substantiate their claims.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

LOOK: Family Circle Magazine Receives Disgusting Backlash After Featuring Its First Gay Family

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Women's magazine Family Circle just made history by featuring a gay family in its publication for the first time ever, but they were met with backlash...

Why Scandal Is One of the Most Important Shows Ever for the Gay Rights Movement

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Nikki Gloudeman

Obviously, Scandal isn't the first show with a prominent gay character. But it is the first major network show to include a gay character -- chief of staff Cyrus Beene -- within a distinctly conservative framework.

The Word Isn't Normal. The Word Is Mainstream.

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lara Lillibridge

Backlash towards a gay person who says "this is harder than being straight" should be directed at the straight world.

Here's A Better Idea For The Gay Man Who Wants To Raise $150,000 For Anti-Gay Bakers

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Michelson

This gay man wants us to co-sign these anti-gay bakers' hate because of some misguided mumbo-jumbo about love and acceptance. I'd like to humbly suggest that we not do that.

LOOK: Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over the weekend, a tweeter complained to Shonda Rhimes that "gay scenes" in the TV shows "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" were "too much."...

A Letter From a Gay Father to His Daughter on 'March for All' Day

Mathieu Nocent | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mathieu Nocent

Two days before yet another "March for All," I find myself this evening with the bitter taste of the meals that preceded this weekend, when thousands of people took to the streets against you.

Leaving the GOP Gov. Huckabee? Great, Take the Other Anti-gay Republicans With You

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Gov. Huckabee should "grow a spine" of his own and follow through on his recent threat of becoming an independent if Republicans raise "the white flag of surrender" on gay marriage.

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing on Religious Liberties

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brandan Robertson

As an evangelical Christian and an activist for LGBTQ rights, I am deeply disheartened by the actions we are seeing in Houston. I stand in complete solidarity with the churches and pastors that have been subpoenaed, demanding that these legal actions be reversed.

Wild Times in LGBT Cultural Competency Trainings

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Cultural competence training is not a showdown; at best it is a profound meeting of diverse human beings who all want to offer the highest quality care.

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

Learning The Meaning Of 'Family' -- Through Intense Homophobia

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Once upon a time there were two cousins, Jessica and Robby. They grew up together in the warm and wet Mississippi b...

Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

Coming Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Samantha Ames | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Samantha Ames

As far as equal rights have come in the last few years, up to a third of LGBTQ people are still subjected to "conversion therapy," among the most damaging forms of psychological abuse a person can endure. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

'Will You Pairy Me?'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Utah State Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) is proposing innovative legislation in his state: "I have come up with a word we probably can use and see if the courts will accept. ... [T]he same-sex legal relationship between partners is called pairage. The legal relationship between opposite sex partners is called marriage." Mr. Powell is really onto something here.